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Short School Week Threatens Grads

Last year a Middle Georgia school system switched to a four-day school week in an effort to save money. But the move nearly cost high school seniors their diplomas.

Virtual Charter School Opens To 9th Graders

Georgia’s only virtual charter school is now open to ninth graders. The state Board of Education approved the addition of ninth grade to the Georgia Cyber Academy Thursday.

Schools Have Millions To Spend

When Congress passed the bill last week, the governor’s office said it would like to hold onto the $322 million for next school year when stimulus dollars run out.

Perdue Wants Test Cheating Probe

Gov. Sonny Perdue is launching a special investigation into cheating allegations in two Georgia school districts. Perdue announced Wednesday that he is unhappy with what he called "woefully inadequate" internal probes by the Atlanta and Dougherty County school systems. The investigations followed a statewide review of all standardized tests taken by first- through eighth-graders in spring 2009 showing unusual numbers of erasures on tests.

Virtual High School Denied

The State Board of Education today denied an application for a virtual high school. The Georgia Virtual Academy Charter High School had been denied by the state’s Charter School Commission 2 months ago and was hoping to overturn that ruling.

Atl. Schools Review Teacher Ethics

Atlanta’s School Superintendant Beverly Hall wants to implement Ethics training for teachers and administrators to tackle cheating allegations brought on by a state review.

School Districts Craft Bullying Policy

New law makes changes to how bullies are punished. State Board of Education working on policy to help local districts. Those who do not comply risk losing state funding.

Pastor Will Halt Mascot Protests

A Georgia pastor who was arrested after protesting a high school's demon mascot says he will stop. Thirty-six-year-old Donald Crosby was protesting the Warner Robins High School mascot when he was arrested Monday. Crosby and supporters picked the opening day of classes to protest the pitchfork-wielding mascot.

Kennesaw State Commits To Art Museum

Kennesaw State University has been given a $2 million pledge to build an art museum to house its permanent collection. University officials say retired carpet industry executive Bernard A. Zuckerman made the pledge. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says the offer requires the school to raise at least $1 million in the next 10 months.

No Ruling Yet On Religious Suit

A federal Judge heard the case Wednesday of an Augusta State University student who claims advisers told her to change her religious beliefs or face expulsion. A U.S. Circuit Court Judge has said he isn't ready to make a ruling.

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